Thursday, April 2, 2009

Welcome to Religious Insanity

Ann Holmes Redding was officially defrocked yesterday by the Episcopal church after 30 years as a minister. She's disappointed, and feels no reason why she shouldn't be allowed to continue as a Christian minister. So why did the Episcopal church make the move? What did she do that they felt was so problematic?

She became a Muslim.

Yes, you read that correctly. In 2006, Redding converted to Islam. Since then, she's continued in service as a Christian pastor, believing that there is no inherent contradiction. "Both religions say there's only one God," Redding said, "and that God is the same God. It's very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven't shifted my allegiance."

This is madness, its silliness, and its a damning condemnation of what religion has become in our culture. We don't care about truth. We don't care about revelation. We've so stripped faith down to the barest of human-centered platitutes that a woman who went to seminary and served 30 years as a minister can say with a straight face about the God of the Bible and the God of Islam, "It's very clear we are talking about the same God!" Never mind the vastly different (and mutually-exclusive) claims of each faith about God's nature, his actions, and what he demans of his creation. Our culture has made faith more about us than it is about God, building an altar to self and making God a simple window dressing to brighten up the room - and since everyone has different tastes, it doesn't really matter what color the curtains are. Go check out the full report, and let this serve as a strong reminder of the importance of holding fast to the truths "once for all delivered to the saints."

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